AirDog among hottest gadgets at tech awards

Latvia’s upstart start-up flying camera-drone AirDog came razor close to sweeping the Best of CES Awards 2015 at the annual technology expo in Las Vegas, taking runner-up in the prime award category but also winning the Best Robot or Drone award.

According to the review by James Trew, Deputy Managing Editor at engadget.com, AirDog stood out with its singular purpose – to be “your dedicated aerial cameraman”, that is, if you're wearing the accompanying wristband-held tracking device, as demonstrated by the Red Bull-sponsored skateboarder who joined the team to tout the device in Las Vegas.

The AP also reported Friday on the “follow-me” technology as a “cool tool” for making the ultimate extreme sports moving selfie.

As AirDog founder Edgars Rozentāls plugged his brainchild to AP: “when you’re ready to surf, just push a button. The air dog will come over, shoot you. When you’re done, press a button and it will go back over to the beach and land and you’re ready for the next wave."

Rozentāls and his team have arranged for test-kit deliveries of the AirDog drones to pilot customers to follow-up their success at the Las Vegas show.

Lest they get too far ahead of themselves, the AP reminds readers that the Federal Aviation Administration has yet to catch up with drone technology advancements. The FAA remains concerned about the potential for dangerous interference with civil aviation resulting from the proliferation of the flying filming and other-purpose devices.

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